Anybody who starts researching wedding photographers knows that the wedding photography industry is BIG. You can google, “PA wedding photographers” and get about a million results. I’ve been thinking about my approach to wedding photography. Over the last few years, I have grown and learned and become a better photographer. More than that, I have begun to establish my own identity as a photographer. I thought it would be helpful to share some of this information for my clients & blog readers!
I’m a dual-career photographer. I work in accounting in the 8-to-5 world. I consider wedding (and couples’ portrait photography) to be my ‘fun’ job. If you’re a bride, this actually works out well for you because it drops my overhead to a number that I couldn’t do if photography alone was my full-time job. This translates into savings for you. It may change my flexibility a little bit (I don’t schedule portrait sessions during the daytime hours of weekdays), but for the most part, my photography job & accounting job exist in perfect harmony, and I’m happy doing both.
I do things simple. If you want five albums in a hundred different styles, I’m not your girl. But if you’re into classy, authentic, happy images and natural light and images that can be shared easily with your friends & family, I’m the one. I don’t over-edit, I get things right in-camera, I keep the image-delivery process simple and I get back to you quickly. I like efficiency. I like quality. I like honesty. If you like these things, you’ll like me.
I don’t have an “Ideal Client.” Nope. I tried to think of one and ended up cloning myself. Eventually, I came to the conclusion that each couple is deliciously unique, and I like that! I like different ideas, and random details, and new spins on old traditions… and I like old traditions, and simplicity, and the way your wedding ends up because it’s you and your friends’ faces in the bridal party, and your decisions, and it will always be different than everybody else’s wedding. While I’ve photographed alot of weddings, I am not jaded. In fact, I still get a little teary during the vows. Marriage is just so precious.
Budget is not a Bad Word. You can call it a ‘budget’ or ‘spending plan’ or whatever you like. Money is a necessary part of life, and I don’t freak out when someone says they’re a budget bride. In fact, I kinda like it. Budget–big or small– we all want the same thing: to remember our wedding day when we look at those wedding photos. Any bride and groom know that you have to talk about the budget, and you have to try to stay within that budget. I hope that I can help you accomplish those goals, because they’re admirable.
Like having a happy friend with you on the wedding day. I work hard to make you think that I’m not working hard. I keep on smiling. I’m calm and happy and relaxed. I stay in the background until I need to take charge. Then I pull out my photographer card, and get those formals done before anyone gets cranky. I’m intensely focused on the task at hand—at the many moments happening–on the art of photographing–on documenting this momentous occasion–on corralling people–on staying on the timeline. I’m focused on all the details, so you can focus on being a bride (sometimes I wonder if I should wade into the waters of event planning or wedding day coordinating… ).
I’m a photographer, not a miracle-worker. I can’t make you skinny and I can’t turn your frown upside-down. Do yourself a favor and make a decision to enjoy your wedding day/portrait session day and the love the body that you have. I am convinced that love makes everyone beautiful. Not beautiful in the I’m-walking-the-runway kind of way (let’s be real; most models looks miserable. They think that pruney face looks sexy. It doesn’t. #justsayin). Yes, love makes you beautiful. Beautiful in a real, glorious, transformative way. Your love speaks eons more than the size of your waistline. Your inward happiness translates into genuine joy on the images that you’ll treasure forever. I will work your best angles, and all you gotta do is enjoy the process.
Superman, I am not. On the wedding day, I need to eat or I will fall over. That’s never happened before, but it is a distinct possibility if you don’t make provisions for my food (yes, it’s in the contract). The important thing to remember is that your guests will usually be eating dinner for at least 45 minutes, as will you. Nobody likes their photo taken while chewing food, so that’s when I ‘redeem the time’ and grab a bite. I’m nearby if you need me, though. I’m here for you! PS – I also love wedding cake.
I’m here, there and everywhere. I am based in Bellefonte, PA. Near Penn State University. That’s in the center of the state for all of you who are wondering. I will shoot weddings anywhere in Pennsylvania, surrounding states, states near & far, and maybe anywhere around the world… Just ask!I am a dreamer and a doer and a traveller and worker. I have dreams of photographing weddings in a castle, in a courthouse, on an island, in a library, on Prince Edward Island (why not?!), barefoot, in a national park and a million other places. I love the possibilities, so this is an open invitation to dream big and then book me.
So there ya go!
Wedding photography by Naomi Elle. In a unique, sometimes-unorthodox, always-common-sense, authentically classy kind of way. You want to know something else about my style of wedding photography, how I shoot or why I do weddings? Ask away! I’m listening!
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